Gavin Hunt praises Pitso Mosimane ahead of Wits-Sundowns showdown – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Gavin Hunt, coach of Bidvest Wits ©Samuel Shivambu/Backpagepix

Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Nov 21, 2017. 14:00

Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt has praised Mamelodi Sundowns counterpart Pitso Mosimane ahead of tonight’s Absa Premiership showdown between the teams.

The Clever Boys will host the Brazilians for the pick of three league clashes tonight. Wits come into the game having eliminated Kaizer Chiefs from the Telkom Knockout this past weekend, while Sundowns have had an extended period to prepare.

Hunt admits that he would have preferred points on the board rather than a strong cup run, following his team’s poor start to the defence of their league title, but reckons winning games is a good sign regardless.

“As I’ve said, [from] all these cup games you’d want to have league points, wouldn’t you? It will help us, but football is what it is and hopefully we can just get a little bit [of points] this week and have a smile about the place,” said Hunt.

“We know the task on Tuesday, against a very good side – a good squad of players. Pitso has done well there. We know what we’re up against and we’re just going to have to battle through this period with what we’ve got.”

The Wits coach also believes it’s a tough period for his side, who played Chiefs last Saturday, face Sundowns tonight and will then travel to the KwaZulu-Natal for a third game within a week when they take on Maritzburg United.

“Obviously the problem is you’re playing against Sundowns on Tuesday and we played [on Saturday] – that makes a big difference,” he explained.

“By the time you play your third game in a week, that team has only played their second game and, with our squad the way it is – with nothing coming back [from injury], it’s a problem.”

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Offside calls in the first leg were decisive – Pitso Mosimane

Sibusiso Vilakazi of Mamelodi Sundowns challenged by Abdellatif Noussirr of Wydad Athletic during 2017 Caf Champions League game between Mamelodi Sundowns and Wydad AC at Lucas Moripe Stadium on 17 September [email protected] Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Monday Sep 25, 2017. 14:30

Marginal offside calls came back to haunt Mamelodi Sundowns in the CAF Champions League, according to coach Pitso Mosimane.

The African champions were dethroned on Saturday night when Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca eliminated them from the premier continental tournament.

Wydad won their second leg, quarterfinal clash in Casablanca 1-0 to see the teams locked at 1-1 on aggregate, before triumphing 3-2 on post-match penalties.

“I think we lost in Pretoria. In Pretoria we had three balls [that were ruled offside],” said Mosimane after the match, as quoted by Kick-Off.

“The referee said it’s offside, but it was not offside. We would have scored three goals, like last year we scored three [against Zamalek].”

He continued: “It’s very sad for football.”

The Brazilians coach insisted that his side did not set out to defend their slender lead in the second leg.

“I think we played very well. We came here to play and not to sit back but unfortunately in penalties anybody can win. But congratulations to Wydad,” said the former Bafana Bafana coach.

“We pressed. We were not scared to lose. We saw that they could not take the stress and we played in their half and put them under pressure.

“You could see that they could not take the ball out of their half. But I have to give them credit [because] in the first half they really showed that they want to win.”

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Pitso Mosimane planning for slow Wydad defence

Sibusiso Vilakazi of Mamelodi Sundowns challenged by Salaheddine Saidi of Wydad Athletic during 2017 Caf Champions League game between Mamelodi Sundowns and Wydad AC at Lucas Moripe Stadium on 17 September [email protected] Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Sep 22, 2017. 12:30

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says they can manage to frustrate Wydad Casablanca in their quarterfinal, second leg match of the CAF Champions League.

Although Mosimane’s men are hit by injuries ahead of the clash on Saturday, he is planning on changing his tactics as he wants to use speed in his game plan.

The African champions mentor says he hopes Khama Billiat and Anthony Laffor will be back as he wants to capitalise on the slow Wydad defence.


“Hopefully Khama is back and Anton (Laffor). If I don’t get them, then maybe I will bring Thapelo (Morena) as a winger,” said Mosimane Kick-Off.

“I will make a plan for the speed because I know that Wydad defence is a little bit slow. So we have to consolidate and put the balls behind.

“I think we can manage the game. We have enough Bafana players on the pitch. We’ll probably have different personnel.

“We’ll probably have Anele (Ngcongca) because he is a better defender than Thapelo (Morena).

“Thapelo is quicker and he gives us more options to go forward, but sometimes when I need results Anele does well for me, like in Esperance and St George.”

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Rivaldo Coetzee: Pitso Mosimane believes in me – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Rivaldo Coetzee of Mamelodi Sundowns during 2017 CAF Mamelodi sundowns Media day at Chloorkop on 14 September [email protected] Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Sep 20, 2017. 10:30

New Mamelodi Sundowns defender, Rivado Coetzee has thanked the club’s president Patrice Motsepe for giving him an opportunity to join the African champions.

The Bafana Bafana centre back completed his switch from Ajax Cape Town last month and says he also thanks the coach Pitso Mosimane.

Coetzee was set to join a Glasgow Celtic from Scotland, but his move never materialised due to his failure to pass his medical.

Ahead of the move to the Scottish Premier League, it was discovered that the 20-year old Kakamas-born player had a broken bone on his right foot.

“I am grateful to the president for allowing me to come to such a prestigious club like Sundowns,” said Coetzee to the Sowetan.

“The day my deal to Celtic failed I got a call from coach Pitso and I would like to thank him for giving me a chance to be part of his team.

“It means the coach believes in me and my ability, otherwise he would not have singed me with this injury.

“This is a club I’ve always wanted to join and it is the only club I would play for in the PSL.”

Meanwhile, the Brazilians are out of the country as they are set to meet Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca in the return leg of their CAF Champions League quarter-final clash on Saturday.

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Pitso Mosimane: It is the right time for Khama Billiat to move abroad – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Mamelodi Sundowns

Khama Billiat of Mamelodi Sundowns and Pitso Mosimane coach of Mamelodi Sundowns

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Sep 06, 2017. 11:30

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane believes it is the right time for Khama Billiat to move abroad because he has the quality to succeed.

Despite reports that Billiat was set to leave the African champions, the Zimbabwean forward has failed to force a move in the recent transfer window which closed on Thursday last week.

However, Mosimane says the club must let the business happen and allow one of his top performers a chance to prove himself on a bigger stage.

Billiat has recently been linked with a move to Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr.

“I think it is the right time now for Khama to move abroad. It is the right time! How did Keagan (Dolly) go? When he is contracted, what needs to happen? Terminate the contract?,” Mosimane told the IOL website.

“An important player that you bought? Do you do that? Because it is about time. You’ve got to do the business. So let the business happen.

“I spoke to Khama and said to him if you could bring the performances that saw him winning so many PSL awards, his release clause they will trigger it.

“If you want to sign Khama and you are a team from outside, this guy has got six months on his contract. You can pick him up for free after six months. He is hot player.

“Do you want to wait for six months? Somebody is going to buy him within the six months. I’ve been there, I know these things.

“You will be left waiting, thinking you are going to get him for free. It has happened in football. Did you see what happen to Rivaldo Coetzee?.”

The Brazilians have bolstered their squad after signing George Lebese, Oupa Manyisa, Thokozani Sekotlong and defender Rivaldo Coetzee.

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Pitso Mosimane takes shock defeat on the chin – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Aug 23, 2017. 16:00

Following Mamelodi Sundowns’ shock 2-1 defeat at home to Polokwane City in the Absa Premiership, coach Pitso Mosimane has taken the defeat on the chin.

The Brazilians suffered a second defeat from their first three matches of the 2017/18 season, with a brace from former player Rodney Ramagalela deciding the game in favour of Rise and Shine.

Speaking to SuperSport TV cameras after the game, Mosimane was complimentary toward the visitors, admitting that they full deserved to claim all three points.

“You get punished, you have to take your chances,” said ‘Jingles’.

“But we need to congratulate Polokwane City and the coach [Bernard Molekwa], they did very well.

“They fought for it, they played well on the break, I think Rama G [Ramagalela] had the game of his life but it’s always the case with our former players, they show that ‘you shouldn’t have let me go’.

“What a fantastic strike he scored, the second one, I don’t think he’ll score [a goal like that] again.”

Mosimane added, “We did our best but the pitch didn’t help us. I know, I sound like Steve Komphela after we don’t win because of the pitch, but it’s a fact, this pitch doesn’t help us.

“We are a free-flowing team, we need to push the ball around, we need the ball to move, but it’s our home game and we can’t complain.”

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African Champions coach Pitso Mosimane praises his troops – 2017 CAF Champions League

Mamelodi Sundowns’ coach, Pitso Mosimane

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Jun 23, 2017. 13:00

Despite bagging a point against Tunisian side, Esperance de Tunis, Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says he has set his sights on their next match.

The defending champions will face Ethiopian side St George on June 01 away in Addis Ababa, and the manager believes it will not be easy.

Mosimane was speaking after their 0-0 draw against the Tunisians on Wednesday in their fourth Group C match.

‘Jingles’ says their failure to score when Percy Tau missed from close range was a setback, but credited his troops.

“We hoped we could have won but we only had one clear chance in the beginning with Percy, but we didn’t take that chance. He might have missed a chance but he played very well,” said Mosimane after the match.

“You’ve got to be clever and see the bigger picture, and progress slowly until the six games finish. When the sixth game is finished, if you are number one it would be better but, even if you are number two you need to move on slowly.

“There’s a lot of pressure on both of us Sundowns and Esperance. We are going to Addis, which is a bit difficult, but also Esperance is going to Kinshasha (to AS Vita), which is not easy.

“We’ll see how it goes, but the best thing is, after the match in Addis, we need to remain at least number two.”

The Brazilians occupy the second spot in Group C with five points and will want to win against the Ethiopians after a week away before facing Vita at home on July 7.

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